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Bernina Express

Experience one of the most spectacular ways to cross the Alps: The Albula and Bernina lines connect northern and southern Europe. A high-point of the ride is the panoramic view from the Bernina Express, as it passes mighty glaciers on its descent to a land of swaying palms.

Book the Bernina Express

Alp Grüm
Bergün/Bravuogn
Bernina Diavolezza
Bernina Lagalb
Bernina Suot
Brusio
Cadera
Campascio
Campocologno
Cavaglia
Celerina Staz
Chur
Filisur
Le Prese
Li Curt
Lugano, Stazione
Miralago
Morteratsch
Ospizio Bernina
Pontresina
Poschiavo
Punt Muragl Staz
St. Moritz
Surovas
Thusis
Tiefencastel
Tirano
Tirano, Stazione
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Alp Grüm
Bergün/Bravuogn
Bernina Diavolezza
Bernina Lagalb
Bernina Suot
Brusio
Cadera
Campascio
Campocologno
Cavaglia
Celerina Staz
Chur
Filisur
Le Prese
Li Curt
Lugano, Stazione
Miralago
Morteratsch
Ospizio Bernina
Pontresina
Poschiavo
Punt Muragl Staz
St. Moritz
Surovas
Thusis
Tiefencastel
Tirano
Tirano, Stazione
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From glaciers to palms

The most beautiful experience of the Alps: From the high towering glaciers of the mountains down to the swaying palms of Italy, the highest mountain railway in the Alps provides a link between northern and southern Europe. It does so in the most wonderful way imaginable, on a railway line that coexists in perfect harmony with its glorious mountain setting. The train makes short work of the 55 Tunnels, 196 bridges and slopes of up to 70 millimetres per metre of incline that are found along its route. The physical high-point of the RhB is Ospizio Bernina, at 2,253 metres above sea level.

The wonders of nature and the cultural achievements of man merge into one of the best ways ever to experience the Alps. The section between Thusis and Tirano has been classed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. A milestone in our history.

Please note:
A seat reservation is required. Book your ticket online here now and reserve your seat well in advance by phone on +41 81 288 65 65, or at any railway ticket office in Europe. A supplement is charged for the reservation in addition to the price of a valid ticket.

Information Coronavirus
As of 16 May 2021, the Rhaetian Railway is once again operating regional trains and the Bernina Express to Tirano in Italy. The currently valid regulations of the Italian government apply for entry.

Further information and notes on booking

Seat reservations on the Bernina Express are obligatory. Book by phone on +41 81 288 65 65, or at any railway ticket office in Europe (at the earliest three months prior to travel if booking by phone or at a railway ticket office).

The supplement per person and leg of journey is between CHF 10.00 and CHF 16.00 depending on the season.

  • Prices subject to change.
  • Children aged 6 to 16 pay half the fare. The seat reservation supplement must be paid in full.
  • Children under 6 occupying a seat of their own pay half the standard fare. The seat reservation supplement must be paid in full.
  • Children under 6 not occupying a seat of their own travel free.
  • Half-Fare travelcard, GA travelcard, municipal 1-day-travelpass, Junior travelcard, Swiss travelpasses are all valid. The seat reservation supplement must be paid in full.
  • The Davos-Klosters-Card is not valid on the Bernina Express.

As of 16 May 2021, the Rhaetian Railway is once again operating regional trains and the Bernina Express to Tirano in Italy. Under Italian law, you must meet the following criteria to enter Italy:

  • Complete the Digital Passenger Locator Form and present it on paper or on your mobile device to the inspector.
  • Vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 with proof of completion of the prescribed vaccination cycle at least fourteen (14) days prior to the current date;
  • Or recovery from COVID-19 with simultaneous termination of the prescribed isolation period following a SARS-CoV-2 infection;
  • Or, in the forty-eight (48) hours prior to entering the country, a rapid antigenic or molecular test with a negative result for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Travellers who do not meet the above criteria are not allowed to enter Italy and must disembark at Campocologno at the latest. The stop in Campocologno will be maintained until further notice. Please additionally inform yourself about the regulations of the destination country.

Travelling safely on public transport
The protection of passengers and employees continues to be the top priority. The cleaning of the trains has been intensified. Several times a day, contact surfaces and surfaces such as handrails, buttons, tables, armrests and toilets are cleaned and disinfected. Cleaning is also carried out more frequently at the stations. Passengers also have the opportunity to wash their hands in the open WC facilities at the stations in accordance with the regulations. Disinfectant dispensers have been installed at staffed stations.

In accordance with the FOPH guidelines, a hygiene mask must be worn for public transport from the age of 12. Passengers are responsible for having and wearing a protective mask. Passengers buy tickets online, in apps or from vending machines and pay contactlessly at ticket counters. The protection concept of public transport is based on the personal responsibility and solidarity of the travellers. If they adhere to the measures described above, they can travel safely on Swiss public transport.


Bernina Express Train

Lines:

  • Chur – Tirano – Chur (all year, daily)
  • St. Moritz – Tirano – St. Moritz (Summer, thu-sun)
  • Tirano – St. Moritz – Tirano (Summer, thu-sun)

Bernina Express Bus
The panoramic bus operates on the following route: Lugano – Tirano – Lugano

Extend your trip on the Bernina Express Bus and turn it into a circular tour via Ticino.

As of 16 May 2021, the Rhaetian Railway is once again operating regional trains and the Bernina Express to Tirano in Italy. Under Italian law, you must meet the following criteria to enter Italy:

  • Complete the Digital Passenger Locator Form and present it on paper or on your mobile device to the inspector.
  • Vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 with proof of completion of the prescribed vaccination cycle at least fourteen (14) days prior to the current date;
  • Or recovery from COVID-19 with simultaneous termination of the prescribed isolation period following a SARS-CoV-2 infection;
  • Or, in the forty-eight (48) hours prior to entering the country, a rapid antigenic or molecular test with a negative result for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Travellers who do not meet the above criteria are not allowed to enter Italy and must disembark at Campocologno at the latest. The stop in Campocologno will be maintained until further notice. Please additionally inform yourself about the regulations of the destination country.

If you are travelling to Tirano and/or Lugano you will need a passport or identity card to cross the border.

Free of charge in first and second class: Bernina Express InfoT(r)ainment

Your personal travel companion with audio guide. Call up the InfoT(r)ainment system free of charge on your smartphone or tablet. The digital travel companion provides you with interesting stories and information, shows you the route live on the map and provides information at all times on how fast the train is going on the UNESCO World Heritage route.

Tip: Headphones are available at the minibar for just CHF 2.00.

On Bernina Express, the minibar serves regional snacks, refreshing drinks and hot coffee directly at the seat.

The train has no dining car. During lunchtime in Poschiavo, Le Prese or in Tirano (Italy) many restaurants are on offer.

The Rhaetian Railway does everything it can to make travelling by train as pleasant an experience as possible for people with impaired mobility. And that also includes the journey on the Bernina Express. We recommend the following procedure for booking and organising your trip:

Option 1
There are special seats available on the Bernina Express for passengers with impaired mobility who cannot leave their wheelchair. These seats must be booked using our Railservice by calling +41 81 288 65 65 or sending an e-mail to railservice(at)rhb.ch

Option 2
Passengers with impaired mobility who can leave their wheelchairs can book their seats themselves at a station or online.

In both cases it is important that the passenger pre-orders the boarding and alighting assistance from the SBB Call Center Handicap by calling 0800 007 102 or sending an e-mail to mobil(at)sbb.ch

Dogs are allowed on Bernina Express trains. Please make sure you have the necessary documents with you for crossing the border into Italy.

A dog does not need a reservation. Depending on the size of your dog, you may need a special dog ticket. Please look here for more information.

Self-service bicycle transport is not allowed on the Bernina Express. Please use the marked compartments or luggage cars on the regional (Regio) trains.

Payment method

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GTS and Cancellation

The cancellation conditions and general terms and conditions of the respective service providers apply. If there are no general terms and conditions or cancellation conditions, the following terms and conditions apply.

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